Story Map of Centerville, Ohio

Authors: Jennifer Lumpkin*,
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: web-based mapping, Story Maps, GIS
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Purpose: Using Esri’s cloud-based mapping and GIS platform Story Maps, I created an interactive walking tour of the historic core of Centerville, Ohio, to be used by the local historical society in engaging the community.

Methods: Meetings between the Planning Department of the City of Centerville and Centerville-Washington History revealed the need for ways to engage the community with the Architectural Preservation District. To help achieve this connection, I gathered photographs and information about the historic sites in the area to create an interactive walking tour that could be used on mobile devices. After selecting an Esri Story Map application template, I added my data to ArcGIS Online to author the story. Once published, the site became simple to share across digital media platforms. Adding links to each site’s profile allowed me to direct additional traffic to the Centerville-Washington History website.

Conclusions: The versatility of a web-based mapping application such as Esri Story Maps is a valuable tool for encouraging community engagement. User-friendly templates and cloud-based storage ensure that future users will be able to edit and build on this project.

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